Testimonials, Tips, Photos - a bit of mix really!
Had the most amazing weekend! Thank you Alyson for a terrific workshop - I'm chuffed to bits with what I achieved! I'm looking forward to learning more from you. Thanks too to Jackie for her kind hospitality and deliciously scrumptious cakes. Kindest regards Jan
Thank you Alyson, for an excellent two day course on Autumn Flowers. Right from the start, with the booking process and info about what to bring, I was impressed by the care the thought that went into the course. On arrival I was made to feel very welcome and not out of my depth even though it was my first venture into cold porcelain.
The finished result was a delight and I learnt so much in two days. I now feel able to get going with some work on my own designs. I was especially pleased that you took the time, at the end of two busy and tiring days, to show us how you make your cold porcelain. I am looking forward to having a go myself.
Margot Sept 16
Dear Alison, Thank you so much for a fantastic 3 days in Langworth, Lincolnshire. I have learnt so much and achieved much more than I thought possible . I'm not sure that I would have travelled to your home in Scotland as a complete beginner . I would certainly do so in future . Wendy
Hi Alyson, thankyou so much for a fab weekend . We have throughly enjoyed it , we are amazed at what we have achieved , no 1 teacher 😀. A lovely bunch of ladies again . Thanks Jackie and your hubby for your hospitality also , the cakes were delicious . Hope to see you all again soon Aunty Val & Helen xx
Hi Alyson, Just to say thanks for a very interesting and productive week-end, I really did enjoy myself even though my hands and brain felt very tired. Your excellent teaching will now allow me to pace myself as I try to replicate all the things you taught me. I want also to thank you for your kindness and patience, I find that as I near my 80's I can easily slip into a sort of panic mode but your gentle, no pressure, attitude really helped me. If you think that you could put up with me again I would love to be included in your 'to be kept informed list'. Thanks again Shirley
This Field Scabious is a smaller flower and I have used only one wire as a support stem with no wired petals. Really pretty flower in pale pinks and purples.
Rasperbby Sorbet Scabious & White bush roses
Lovely rich colours of reds, plums and peony pink mixes :-)
Have been playing around with a few different Scabious, so here are a few photos :-)
Hello Everyone - yes, it has been a long time since I have put a post up here! I find the time just runs away with me and that it is quicker to update on facebook at the moment, so if you are able, please view the fb page (you can join via this site) to see more photos. I shall endeavour to be more current on the website .....
Book 3 - Blooming Lovely!
Louise's 'Blooming Lovely' Flowers
Sharing with you all, this lovely photo of Louise's flowers, made from the books 'Blooming Lovely' and 'Down the Garden Path'. Well done Louise, these are really delightful and I'm glad your hobby is giving you so much pleasure.
If you would like to be kept informed of new workshop dates, events coming up, general information and tips, the 'little' Newsletter is now up and running. Just click on the link above to subscribe.
28/29 June 2014 Flower Workshop
I really am very bad at updating this news area - so much to do and so little time! While I have these photos to hand I am going to put them up before I put them into my 'get around to it' file!
A lovely workshop at the weekend with four talented ladies making Foxglove, Rosa Rugosa and Cosmos. Terrific results all round and my thanks and congratulations to Paula, Beryl, Pat and Mary for their super company and terrific arrangements.
A beautiful sculpture
I wanted to share with you this wonderful photo of a scultupre of a little girl holding cold porcelain blackberries. This has been made by the very talented Krystal Camprubi in France who contacted me as she wanted to make some flowers from cold porcelain for her little girl to hold. She made the blackberries following the steps in my book Autumn Glory . I think you will agree that this is a stunning piece of work.
Manchester Cake International 2014
Home from Cake International in Manchester. A super show and so good to meet many of you and put some names to faces! As mentioned during the show, there will be a subscribe to newsletter button on the website soon, where I will keep you up to date with new workshops dates and any events that may be happening which you may be interested in. Meantime, if you would like to know what is going on before the button arrives on the site, please email me and I shall add you to the current address list.
The sun is out, the sea is calm and I have 48 hrs to turn everything around, get myself down to Squires Kitchen in Farnham for their Annual Exhibition, followed by a visit to the Tunbridge Wells BSG for a workshop and demo. Hope you all enjoyed the show, got home safely and I look forward to receiving some super photos of your work in due course. Alyson
Mary Jolly's Dog-roses
Delighted to share with you this email and photo which I have received from Mary of the flowers she has made by following the Wild Roses project card from the new Alyson Reynolds Teaching Collection.
Hello Alyson, I just wanted to say thank you for the tutorials you sent me, they arrived the next day and I got to work straight away. Thanks to your helpful advice at the Cake International event in Birmingham and the beautifully clear layout of your tutorials I had no trouble making a lovely little Dog-rose display for our table. I hope you don’t mind, I have included a picture of my efforts (I’m really pleased with the way it turned out) J
I have tried making cp roses once or twice in the past and they have been dreadful! It's so nice to find out that there are techniques that aren't beyond my abilities after all.
Many thank again
Mary Jolly 21/11/13
NEC November 2013
Fantastic to meet so many of you and share your enthusiasm for this wonderful craft at the NEC last weekend.
It was a 9 hour wet and windy drive back home on Sunday night but armed with several bars of chocolate and Michael \'delicious\' Buble serenading me - (only me) what more could a girl want!
Hope you all got home safely :-)
Delighted that the new Teaching Collection was very well received at the show and will be available on the website hopefully by the end of next week. Meantime if anyone would like any of these, please email your order directly and I can send them to you.
Subjects currently available are: Foxglove, Clematis Montana, Poinsettia, Wild Roses, Thistles & Heather, Clematis \'Bill Mackenzie\' and Magnolia stellata
As usual, any questions - just ask
10th & 11th August - Workshop Summer Flowers
10th & 11th August - Summer Flower Workshop
Another fun filled 2 days with lots of creativity and laughter. Katherine and Karla chose to make fabulous Wild Roses, Foxgloves and Alstromeria. Didn\'t they do well! First timers as well :-)
Debbie\'s Autumn Glory
Another lovely example of work from Autumn Glory - thank you Debbie.
just a few photos of the work we did at our sugarcraft class with jennifer golton in castleford west yorks
as promised at the manchester show i have sent them to you
i hope you like them too i am very proud of my display
it was lovely meeting and talking to you and your workshop was brilliant thank you xx
Cake International NEC Birmingham
Great to meet so many fellow enthusiasts at the NEC this weekend. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had a safe trip home.
Remember if you have any questions about the cold porcelain don\'t hesitate to get in touch. I will use this News feed to answer any questions raised and offer tips that may be useful - so keep your eyes peeled ...
ICHF Event City Manchest
Just getting prepared for the Cake Decorating Show at Event City Manchester 8-10th March 2013
I will be on Stand D16 so please do come along and say hello.
Photos of your work
If anyone would like to share photos of work that they have created by being inspired by either Autumn Glory or Down the Garden Path, please do send them in. It is always a pleasure to see the results.
A lovely piece of work ;-)
I recently received this email and lovely photo from Lesley and would like to share it with you. I am as thrilled as she is with her finished spray - she has followed the book, experimented with colours and has created a super arrangement.
Last summer I bought a copy of your book and started work on it in September at college.
I met you at Birmingham when I said I was making the display and you said you would
like to see my finished work well here it is. My family are very impressed with my work I hope you think
I did it justice.
I am now thinking of starting your latest book, I might get that finished for summer 2014.
Adding White Acrylic Paint to Cold Porcelain
Add the white acrylic paint to the cold porcelain just as you are about to use it. The cold porcelain goes a long way so just add paint to the paste you are working with in the short term as you need it. Squeeze a small amount onto the cold porcelain or use a cocktail stick as you would if you were using a paste colour and mix it in. The aim is to make the paste white and avoid it becoming opaque when dry. When you have this base you can add whatever colour you want to use.
Delighted to say that my 2nd book Down the Garden Path is now published and was launched at the SECC in Glasgow at the ICHF Hobby Crafts Exhibition on 25th - 28th October 2012. This is a collection of 24 Spring and Summer Garden Flowers - all of which have come from my garden!
The book is now available on the website.
Thank you very much to all who have let me know how much you have enjoyed the projects in my first book Autumn Glory.
Cake Craft & Decoration Review
Super to receive this review and recommendation in Cake Craft & Decoration Magazine June 2012
Title: Autumn Glory-Cold Porcelain & Sugar
Author: Alyson Reynolds
Size: 215 x 210mm, hardback
Content: Detailed instructions on how to
make not only a beautiful
autumn bouquet of nuts and
berries (either in sugar or cold
porcelain) but also how to tape
them together, in an easy to
bend back, spiral bound book.
Lots of helpful information is
given so you can achieve this
very realistic spray.
Book Signing in Waterstones
9th June 2012 - 11.30am
I will be at Waterstones Book Shop in Elgin on the 9th of June 2012, demonstrating and answering any questions you may have on cold porcelain and sugar flowers.
New Workshop Dates
New Workshops dates have now been added for May and June. Working on July through to December.
Looking forward to the BSG Exhibition next week.
Dates for Workshops
Keep an eye out for the dates for workshops which will be displayed soon for June, August and September.
New Photos in the Gallery
At last found a little time to add some more photos to the Galleries. More will be put up soon.
Back from Squire's Kitchen
An excellent trip south to Squires Kitchen to catch up with old friends, view the amazing talents of so many people throughout the world of sugarcraft and also to launch the book Autumn Glory. Delighted to say it was a very successful operation all round and a detailed report on the event is available at firstname.lastname@example.org>. Well worth the 1400 mile drive!
The photo is an image from the Wedding Cake Showroom. I'm afraid I cannot tell you who made what cake, however the standard was exceptionally high ranging from cakes which were simply beautiful to those that were stunningly luxurious!